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    TEKS: 8ABC  Exam: March 27

    Guiding Questions:

    •Defend the current taxonomic categorization of organisms (i.e. Domain & Kingdoms) using their key characteristics.  
    •Is a universal naming system in science important?  Why or why not?
    •Create a mnemonic device to remember the hierarchy of taxa from broadest to most specific.  (DKPCOFGS)
    •Design a scientifically appropriate name for a fictional new species.  (underlined, two names, Latin)

    8A-taxonomy, binomial nomenclature, classification

    8B-hierarchical, taxonomic group, bacteria, dichotomous key, species, classify, similarities, differences, genetic kinship

    8C-autotroph, heterotroph, decomposer, prokaryotic, eukaryotic, uni-cellular, multi-cellular, dichotomous key, cladogram

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    Newton's Laws of Motion -  Exam October 19th

    IPC TEKS: 4C,D,F

    Physics TEKS: 4DE

    Guiding Questions Physics

    •What causes objects to change speed or direction?

    •What is the difference between mass and weight?

    •What is the mathematical relationship between force, mass and acceleration?

    •Can you predict the outcome if given a free-body diagram?

    •Based on what you know, how would you explain momentum using Newton’s Laws?

    Guiding Questions IPC

    •I can explain the law of motion; law of inertia.
    •I can explain the second law of motion; F=ma
    •I can explain the third law of motion; law of momentum
    •I can explain how gravity works; what causes something to have more gravity, etc.


    force, gravity, mass, acceleration, inertia, momentum

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    TEKS: 6E  Exam: April 13

    Guiding Questions:

    What are some of the properties of water that make it so essential to life on our planet?

    How are Lewis structures and VSEPR theory used to explain the unique properties of water?

    What is unique about of the states of water on Earth; include information about freezing and boiling points?

    How water is both cohesive and adhesive, explain why?

    What is the chemical name of water?

    Why does water have a high surface tension?

    Water is often called the "universal solvent" because many substances can be dissolved in water. What property of water allows it to be such a versatile solvent?


    • solution

    • polar

    • hydrogen bonds

    • specific heat

    • surface tension

    • adhesion

    • cohesion

    • density surfactant

    • solubility

    • solute

    • solvent

    • aqueous solution

    • insoluble

    • precipitate

    • saturated

    • unsaturated

    • supersaturated

    • electrolytes

    • nonelectrolytes

    • mole

    • molarity

    • dilution

    • dilute

    • concentrated

    • temperature

    • agitation

    • surface area

    • Dissolve

    • Intermolecular forces

    • “Like dissolves like”

    • Dipole dipole interaction

    • Ion dipole interaction

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    TEKS: 5CDEFG  Exam: March 31

    Guiding Questions:

    •What condition is necessary for the sustained flow of water in a pipe?  What analogous condition is necessary for the sustained flow of charge in a wire?
    •If one of the three lamps blows out when connected in series, what happens to the other two? What if the lamps were connected in parallel?

    Electrostatics, Electrical force, Charge, Conductor, Insulator, Coulomb’s Law, Electric Field, Voltage, Electric Current, Electric Resistance, Ohm’s Law, Circuit, Parallel Circuit, Series Circuit, Potential difference

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